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So let’s get to it. Here is your Wake-Up Call for Monday, Sept. 26.
Hawkeyes in the NFL
Another Sunday, another chance for former Hawkeyes to do their thing in the NFL.
Safety Micah Hyde put up the best statistical day of all the Iowa players. He led Green Bay with eight tackles and three assisted tackles. Also, defensive lineman Mike Daniels recorded one tackle as Green Bay beat Detroit 34-27.
Linebacker Christian Kirksey nearly matched Hyde in the production department. He made eight tackles and one assisted tackle as Cleveland lost 30-24 to Miami in overtime.
Linebacker Chad Greenway made one tackle and two assisted tackles. Minnesota beat Carolina 22-10.
Tight end Brandon Myers caught a pass for 7 yards as Tampa Bay lost to Los Angeles.
Dallas linebacker Anthony Hitchens had one tackle and two assisted tackles in a win over Chicago.
Should I stay or should I go
Iowa cornerback commitment Chevin Calloway will visit Nebraska this upcoming weekend. Rivals’ Bryan Munson was on top of the story.
— Bryan Munson (@RivalsBryan) September 25, 2016
The news here isn’t the visit. It’s what the Hawkeyes will do about it. Iowa’s policy is it doesn’t let commits visit other programs.
This is an old-school policy. It goes against a lot of how the modern recruiting world operates. Kids take visits. They talk to other programs after they give a commitment. Iowa’s stance is it won’t budge on this policy.
Calloway, a four-star Rivals prospect, is the kind of player rules can be bent for. This isn’t his only visit. He told SEC Country’s Trent Shadid he also plans to visit Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas. The Calloway that talked to Shadid sounded like one still enamored with the Hawkeyes.
“I like the coaching stability,” Calloway said. “They talk about player development a lot. (Defensive coordinator Phil) Parker, he’s been coaching for a while and he’s put a lot of guys in the league. I love everything about them.”
What will be more intriguing is if Iowa must alter this policy going forward because of the nature of present-day recruiting.
QB of the future?
Iowa recently offered Pennsylvania quarterback Kevin Doyle, a 2018 prospect.
— Kevin Doyle (@Kevin_Doyle_13) September 22, 2016
Land of 10’s Luke Srodulski recently caught up with Doyle.
“That was awesome,” said Doyle on the Iowa offer. “I had spoken to one of the coaches there, (offensive coordinator Greg) Davis, for a little while now. He also came to see me in the spring … I’ve been in contact with them. It’s been a long-term relationship that ended up with them offering me (on Thursday), so I was very excited.”
Doyle said Michigan State is the kind of program he’s after, but based on his criteria, the Hawkeyes should have a shot at him.
“I just want to see a national brand with good academics and a winning football program,” Doyle said. “I definitely want to see as a football program — which, Michigan State is winning now — but if not a school that’s winning now, a school that will win in the future or has promise to win in the future. That’s definitely a huge focus point for me.”
Here are Hudl highlights for Doyle.
Hawkeyes in the NFL, Part II
Week 3 is nearly complete in the NFL. The Wake-Up Call figured it was time to check in on how the teams with former Hawkeyes are doing.
Green Bay: Offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga, Hyde and Daniels are on one of the true Super Bowl contenders. The Packers are 2-1. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked like the future Hall of Famer that he is this week, throwing for four touchdowns. The defense is looking better than the last few years. That is due, in part, to Daniels.
Denver: The Broncos picked up where they left off last season. They are 3-0 and positioning themselves for another playoff run and a chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Denver has former Hawkeyes James Ferentz on the offensive line and long snapper Casey Kreiter.
Minnesota: The Vikings are looking like one of the better teams in the NFC after knocking off Carolina on Sunday. Minnesota, including Greenway, is 3-0 and holds the best points differential, at plus-24, in its division. Losing quarterback Teddy Bridgewater before the season started isn’t hurting the Vikings in the win column.
Atlanta: Opinions on the Falcons might change if they knock off New Orleans tonight, but Atlanta looks like a team that could be in for a tough season. The Falcons are 1-1 and went on the road to win at Oakland, but a lack of talent seems to be a problem. Former Hawkeye defensive linemen Justin Babineaux and Adrian Clayborn play for the Falcons.
Indianapolis: The Colts are 1-2 and will only go as far as quarterback Andrew Luck will take them. Former Hawkeye Austin Blythe, an offensive lineman, was a seventh-round pick by Indianapolis this past spring.
Baltimore: The Ravens are one of the biggest surprises in the league at 3-0, but they are doing it without former Hawkeye defensive lineman Carl Davis. Davis is on injured reserve. Offensive guard Marshal Yanda, though, is a big reason for Baltimore’s success.
Philadelphia: Few saw the Eagles’ 3-0 start to the season coming. Former Hawkeye Matt Tobin, an offensive lineman, is likely going to be in playoff contention with Philadelphia.
Los Angeles: The Rams might be the least impressive 2-1 team in the NFL. The defense is formidable, but the offense didn’t score a touchdown until this week in a 37-32 win over Tampa Bay. Former Hawkeye offensive lineman Andrew Donnal is with the team.
Houston: New England dismantled the Texans last Thursday, winning 27-0. The Texans, including tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, are 2-1 and in first place, but aren’t in the same class as the top teams in the AFC.
Dallas: The Cowboys and Hitchens are looking better than expected with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott starting. They are 2-1 and in position to contend in the NFC East.
Tennessee: This is an underwhelming 1-2 squad with former Hawkeye Karl Klug on the defensive line.
Tampa Bay: The offense, including Myers, isn’t the problem for the 1-2 Buccaneers. Tampa Bay won’t get any better if it doesn’t play better defense. The Bucs have allowed a league-worst 101 points.
Detroit: The Lions are 1-2. Like Tampa Bay, the offense, with offensive lineman Riley Reiff, isn’t the problem here. Detroit has scored 81 points. It’s the most points in the NFC North.
Washington: It may be a long season for offensive lineman Brandon Scherff and the Redskins. They did beat the New York Giants this week to improve to 1-2, but wins will be hard to come by if the defense continues to be a problem. The Redskins gave up 92 points in the first three games.